The release of a latest Halo game for the Xbox One helped Microsoft's console beat the PS4 to become the October's best selling console in the U.S. market. According to data released by the NPD group, 'Halo 5: Guardians' was the month's best selling game, and this helped push the Xbox One to the top spot for the first time this year. The game was released exclusively for Microsoft's console.
Within just one week after launching worldwide, the game made history as the biggest Halo launch and fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive game, with more than $400 million in global sales of "Halo 5: Guardians" games and hardware, pushing the franchise to over $5 billion lifetime.
Commented on NPD's data, Microsoft said that the game drove record Xbox Live usage for October and that the Xbox One showed a 81 percent growth compared to October 2014.
On the otehr hand, the full list of top 10 game sales for October reveal that Sony's PS4 remains very popular. The 6 of the 7 multi-platform games in the top 10 saw sales of the game on the PS4 lead sales of the same games on the Xbox One.
Overall console sales were down from $271.1 million last October to $270.3 million, largely due to falling sales of portable game consoles. Game sales were down by 3 percent for the same comparison period, according to the NPD group.